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Taxes - 9/1/2015 6:51:03 PM   
kkaliforniaa


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Okay, this isn't exactly BDSM related [well maybe in some cases], but it is news. I came across an article while I was looking for something else, and thought it might be something others might be interested in.

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Women Petition Removal Of 'Tampon Tax' Because Hygiene Products Aren't A Luxury Item
The Huffington Post | By Eleanor Goldberg
Posted: 05/28/2015

It’s a purchase no woman looks forward to making yet, across the globe, tampons are taxed as luxury items, and customers are demanding it be repealed.

Thursday marks Menstrual Hygiene Day, an awareness event that aims to break the stigma around the issue and air the struggles women and girls who can’t afford feminine hygiene products face. To mark the day, women in Australia are celebrating a major step in removing a hefty tax, and other advocates hope their countries will soon follow suit.

Women in Australia are reveling in the fact that a viral petition led Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey to announce that he’ll lobby this summer for sanitary products to be exempt from goods and services tax (GST), the Australian Broadcast Company reported.

Hockey made the declaration after Subeta Vimalarajah, a university student, presented Hockey with a petition on Monday night that has garnered more than 97,000 signatures.

“Do you think that sanitary products are an essential health good for half the population?" Vimalarajah asked.

Since 2000, feminine hygiene products have been taxed 10 percent in Australia. But, “necessary” items, which include condoms, lubricants and sunscreen, are tax-free because they’re considered essential health products.

The tax brings in AU$25 million every year, (about US$19 million).

“Isn't the reproductive health and hygiene of 10 million Australians important too?” the petition queried.

Advocates in other corners of the world are working to convince lawmakers that women shouldn’t incur a tax for a product that helps them remain clean, comfortable and free from infection when they’re dealing with a monthly bodily function.

In fact, tampons have become so cost prohibitive for women who are struggling to get by, that they’re often at the top of the list of items U.S. homeless shelters need most because supporters don’t think to donate them, Al Jazeera America reported in January.

“It’s not one of the items that people automatically think of when they donate toiletries,” Rosanna Montilla, an associate at Care for the Homeless, told Al Jazeera. “When you get to specific items like female hygiene products, you have to specifically ask for it.”

In the U.K., for example, the value added tax for sanitary products dropped from 17.5 percent to 5 percent in 2000, according to the BBC. Still, protesters want to see the tax completely wiped out.

To pressure lawmakers, more than 234,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging British Prime Minister David Cameron to remove the tax on sanitary products.

Advocates in Canada hope to push forward a bill that would exempt sanitary products from the GST.

To demonstrate the disparity among taxed and untaxed items, protesters posted a video where customers in a supermarket question what products are subjected to the GST.

One woman notes that she’d be better off using pita bread as a sanitary pad since it isn’t taxed.

That group has collected more than 74,000 signatures for its petition.

American politicians have also come clean about their distaste for such taxes.

New York state Assemblyman David Weprin, a Democrat, said he’d like to sponsor a bill that would remove the sales tax on toilet paper, but would also want to see the bill include an exemption on feminine hygiene products as well, the New York Post reported.

“This is about more than dollars and cents,” Weprin told the paper. “This is a quality-of-life issue. We have to buy toilet paper. Women have to use feminine hygiene products.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/28/tampon-tax_n_7455086.html


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RE: Taxes - 9/1/2015 8:20:04 PM   
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Tampons arent a necessity... there are other options. Like the diva cups... buy once and rinse. Personally I wonder why we are still using tampons at all.... we have hundreds of options in condoms, there are even half a dozen flavors of douche in any given femine aisle, we can build super computers, we've been to space and done brain surgery but we still shove cotton up our twats like it's the dark ages. They can electricity stimulate your spine to make you orgasm but we dont have uterus cleaning robots!?!! Wtf.

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RE: Taxes - 9/1/2015 8:36:33 PM   
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Tampons [or sanitary pads, etc] aren't a necessity? So trails of blood on sidewalks, puddles of blood on seats at restaurants, all of that is perfectly acceptable? The issue isn't with tampons alone, it is about any feminine hygiene products [relating to menstrual cycles] being taxed.

As for why we still use tampons [and the like], "tampons" aren't the only option.. The reason people still use them though, is side effects. Many women may still want to get pregnant, so any device that is created needs to ensure that that will be possible.

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RE: Taxes - 9/1/2015 9:26:44 PM   
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If you were going to respond to me you probably should have at least finished reading the first sentence.

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RE: Taxes - 9/1/2015 10:06:26 PM   
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Says the person who didn't read past the first sentence..
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he’ll lobby this summer for sanitary products to be exempt from goods and services tax (GST)

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RE: Taxes - 9/1/2015 10:27:55 PM   
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I cant argue with someone unless they can recognize basic conversational flow... well yes I can, I am.... why am I doing that, I don't even argue.... you tricky bastard how did you manage that one tsk tsk. Since it's obvious you have neither a sense of humor nor a desire for someone to expand upon your points(or rather not a point... but an article repost) than there is no point to this. Well now that this boring interlude is over feel free to argue back but you're blocked now so don't expect a response.

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